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Tiniroto all abuzz about defibrillator gift

Mike Burt from Burt Beekeeping has paid it forward — and back — by donating a $3000 AED (automated external defibrillator) for the Tiniroto district.

Mr Burt does a lot of work there and wanted to contribute something to the area.

He approached resident Sally Officer as he knew she was a duty nurse manager at the Tairawhiti Hospital, and was up to date with an advanced Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency care (CORE).

“Mike thought it would be a good fit to locate the AED at our end of the Ruakaka road. This will be accessible to Tiniroto residents or visitors to Doneraille park and I can assist if I am home,” said Ms Officer.

She has added the location to the AED app which shows the nearest location of an AED.

There is also an AED at the Tiniroto fire station, which is about 10km from where the new AED has been homed. The fire station AED is accessed by the volunteer fire crew as they are the first responders to any medical emergencies in the district.

Mr Burt bought the Defibtech AED from Trish Atkins from MediTrain Gisborne and this week she facilitated a CPR and defib training session for 15 Tiniroto people so they will be familiar with how to use the AED and respond in an emergency if necessary.

MediTrain also donated an $85 first aid kit to go with the AED.

Ms Officer said the community wanted to acknowledge and thank Mike for his generous donation of the AED to the Ruakaka road and residents of the wider Tiniroto area. The first aid kit was also appreciated.

BEEKEEPER SAVING LIVES: This group of residents showed up for the AED (automated external defibrillator) training on how to use the new AED donated to the Tiniroto district by beekeeper Michael Burt. In the front row, from left, are nurse and Tiniroto resident Sally Officer, Meditrain's Trish Atkins and Mr Burt. Picture supplied